The most powerful book you'll read all year. Perfect for teens and parents, because it will inspire much-needed conversations.— From Summer Picks 2017
The Hate U Give addresses a range of complicated topics: family, education, community, misuse of power, growing up, deciding what's worth fighting for, and learning how to speak up for yourself. The book is filled with complex and nuanced characters, and Thomas does an excellent job of allowing each person a chance to tell their story. Starr's voice is going to stay with us for a long time. She alternates between confident, hesitant, brave, humorous, and serious, with genuine and piercing insight. Perfect for teens and parents, because it will inspire much-needed conversations.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
Eight Starred Reviews #1 New York Times Bestseller
"Absolutely riveting " --Jason Reynolds
"Stunning." --John Green
"This story is necessary. This story is important." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Heartbreakingly topical." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A marvel of verisimilitude." --Booklist (starred review)
"A powerful, in-your-face novel." --The Horn Book (starred review)
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.